Hello Race Fans,
Overnight the highly anticipated event happened - Lance Mackey pulled into White Mountain almost three hours ahead of his nearest competitor, Paul Gebhardt. While the winner will not be officially crowned until he makes the obligatory 77-mile run to the burled arch in Nome, with the mandatory eight-hour layover, it's really a race to White Mountain. Mackey's team is in excellent condition, and once he departs at 9:30 a.m., ADT, he should be a long way up the trail before Gebhardt is allowed to leave at 12:16 p.m. Typically it is a nine- to 10-hour run from White Mountain to Nome, depending on the weather, so look for Mackey to set off the siren sometime around 6:30 or 7 p.m., ADT. We will have total coverage once a winner is official, but there is still plenty of racing left for the rest of the field. Our own Jeff King looks to be in the top five, and we'll have King's thoughts on this year's race shortly after he crosses under the arch.Once a winner is determined, and we get the top 10 into Nome, Jon Little will start working his way back down the trail to get stories on the rest of the field, as mushers close the distance on this incredible edition of "The Last Great Race on Earth." Check back often for our exclusive coverage of Iditarod 35.
Victory in Mackey's sightsBy Jon LittleThere was a sense of deep strength in Lance Mackey's string of 11 sled dogs as the team pulled its master to a halt here and church bells pealed in the cold night air to welcome the likely winner of this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Read Little's report.
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Our guy is due to win about 6:30 or 7:00 pm tonight! Way to go, Lance Mackey!